Funding News - June 2024


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Information and Guidance 

Henry Smith Charity – Two grant programmes to close while charity undergoes strategic review 
Youth Endowment Fund toolkit 


National Lottery Community Fund Awards for All National Lottery Community Fund – Reaching Communities Partnerships 


Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) – Platinum Jubilee Village Halls Fund – Round 3 
Department for Education - Senior Mental Health Lead Training 
Department of Health and Social Care – Community Automated External Defibrillators Fund 
Lewes District Council Community Grants Programme 
Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support Programme 
Police & Crime Commissioner - Safer in Sussex Community Fund 
Sussex Police Property Act Fund 

Trusts and Foundations 
Alec Dickson Trust 
BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme 
Biffa Award Main Grants Scheme 
BlueSpark Foundation 
Bromley Trust 
The Caron Keating Foundation 
Co-op Local Community Fund 
Delamare Dairy Foundation 
Douglas Arter Foundation 
The DPO Centre – Charity and Community Fund 
Educational Opportunity Foundation 
Energy Saving Trust - Carbon Emissions Reduction and Innovation Funds - Round 8 
Family Action - National School Breakfast Programme 
Freelands Foundation Inclusive Practices Fund 2024 
Hedley Foundation 
The Foyle Foundation - School Library Programme 
The High Weald Nature and Community Fund 
Homity Trust 
Islamic Relief UK 2024 Funding Round 
Lloyds Bank Foundation - Deaf and Disabled People's Organisations 
Magdalen Hospital Trust 
Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity 
NextEnergy South East England Solar Impact Fund 
Ogden Trust – Physics Education Grants 
Parkinson’s UK Physical Activity Grants Programme 
People's Trust for Endangered Species - UK Mammals Grant Scheme 
PRS Foundation - Annual Beyond Borders Programme 
Reel Impact 
Screwfix Foundation 
Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust - Ann Rylands Small Donations Programme 
Skipton Building Society Charitable Foundation 
The Society Foundation 
The Ubele Initiative - The Phoenix Way - Children and Youth Round 
UnLtd - Awards for Social Entrepreneurs 
Veterans’ Foundation 
War Memorials Trust 

Funding Diary 

Information and Guidance

Henry Smith Charity – Two grant programmes to close while charity undergoes strategic review

Henry Smith Charity has announced, their Improving Lives and Strengthening Communities Grant programmes will close on 28th June 2024 whilst it undergoes strategic review.

No further applications will be accepted for either grant programme after that time. However, the Charity’s other grant programmes will continue to operate as usual.

The Charity expects to launch a new funding strategy in Spring 2025.

Youth Endowment Fund toolkit

The Youth Endowment Fund has shared its new guidance on education, children, and violence. Developed collaboratively with school, college, and alternative provision (AP) leaders, this guidance combines insights from their Toolkit, existing studies and new research, offering a practical what-works guide for education leaders dedicated to reducing children’s involvement in violence.

This guidance is based on primary research, including the evaluation of their violence-prevention programmes and largescale surveys with 7,500 teenage children and 9,500 teachers.


National Lottery Community Fund Awards for All

Awards for All supports community organisations to carry out projects that will improve their community. 

The fund grants up to £20,000 for projects lasting up to two years.  Funding is intended for projects that support communities to thrive by:

  • Building strong relationships in and across communities
  • Improving the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • Helping more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage
  • Supporting people, communities and organisations that are facing increased demands and challenges as a direct result of the cost-of-living crisis

Grants can be used for the following costs:

  • The organisation's running costs
  • Small land or refurbishment projects
  • Equipment
  • One-off events
  • Staff costs and training costs
  • Transport and utilities
  • Volunteer expenses

The Fund is open to charities, voluntary groups, parish and town councils, not for profit companies and Community Interest Companies.  Schools are also eligible to apply (as long as your project benefits and involves the communities around the school).

Awards for All is always open for applications.  But you must apply at least 16 weeks before you want to start the activities or spend any of the money.

Tel: 0345 4102030


National Lottery Community Fund – Reaching Communities Partnerships

This strand of the Lottery’s Reaching Communities Fund is for organisations working together in partnership to help their community.   

By community, this can mean people living in the same area, or people with similar interests or life experiences.   

Reaching Communities supports new or existing partnerships.   Grants awarded start at £20,001, for projects lasting for up to five years.  A grant is usually given to the lead organisation in a partnership, to then pay the other partners for the work that they do.

The Lottery funds projects or partnerships that’ll do at least one of these things:

  • Bring people together to build strong relationships in and across communities
  • Improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • Help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage

Grants can be spent on:

  • Direct costs to deliver activities in your community – such as project staff, materials, equipment, room hire, volunteer expenses and project evaluations
  • Organisational development – such as business planning, testing new ways of working, staff training and development, developing governance and leadership, tech or IT purchases or upgrades, developing and sharing impact and learning, and increasing capacity to support collaboration and partnership working
  • Core or fixed costs to support the day-to-day running of your organisation – such as core salaries, rent, utilities, equipment
  • Purchasing, refurbishing or developing of land and buildings

There is a staged process to apply.  

First, tell the Lottery about your proposal. You can use their online form, email them or send them a video. The Lottery will then try to let you know in around 12 weeks, if they want to take your proposal further. 

If they want to take your proposal further, they will contact you for more information about your proposal and your organisation, including your organisation's financial accounts and current finances.  The Lottery will do this in conversation with you, to get all the information they need, at a pace that suits you.

Eligible partnership organisations are all types of not for profit, local authorities and schools.

Apply any time.

Tel: 0345 4102030



Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) – Platinum Jubilee Village Halls Fund – Round 3

The Platinum Jubilee Village Halls Fund supports the modernisation and improvement of village halls, so that they are fit for purpose and can provide activities which seek to achieve one or more of the following outcomes for their communities:

  • Improved health and/or wellbeing and/or reduction in rural loneliness
  • Positive impact on the local environment, contributes towards net zero
  • Support for the local rural economy
  • Promotion of community cohesion

The fund provides grants ranging from £7,500 - £75,000 for capital improvements. This could include, for example, extensions, internal reconfigurations, new roof and roof refurbishment, refurbishment of toilets and kitchens, damp proofing, or new installation of communication systems.  All project work must be completed by 31st March 2025.

To be eligible, the village hall must be charity owned and managed by the community and have a freehold or leasehold with at least 21 years left to run on the lease.

The Fund is administered by the charity Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE).

There is a two-stage application process. Organisations successful at Stage One will be invited to submit a Stage 2 application.

There is currently no set deadline to submit a Stage one form.  However, there is no guarantee the application will be processed should the Fund be oversubscribed. ACRE will process applications in order of receipt.

Tel: 01285 653477


Department for Education - Senior Mental Health Lead Training

The Department for Education (DfE) is offering grants for eligible state-funded schools and colleges to train a senior mental health lead to develop and implement a whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing.

The grants can cover (or contribute to) the cost of attending a quality assured course and may also be used to hire supply staff whilst leads are engaged in training.

Grants of £1,200 are available. Eligible schools and colleges that claimed a grant in a previous financial year can claim a second £1,200 grant if the senior mental health lead they previously trained left their setting before embedding a whole school or college approach.

Applicants must complete two forms:

  • Form 1- the initial application form to check eligibility and reserve a grant. The deadline to submit for training to commence on 31st March 2025 is 31st December 2024
  • Form 2- the second stage of the application process, where applicants upload evidence of having booked a DfE quality assured training course so they can pay the grant. Submit by 31st January 2025


Department of Health and Social Care – Community Automated External Defibrillators Fund

The Community Automated External Defibrillators Fund is available to local community organisations to buy an automated external defibrillator (AED) to install in a public place.

An estimated 2,000 new defibrillators will be funded, and the scheme is based on a first come first served basis.

100 applications will be selected to receive a fully funded AED and 1,900 applications will receive partial DHSC funding for an AED, with organisations required to provide their own match funding of c.£750.

The deadline for applications is 21st September 2024 or until all the funding has been allocated, whichever comes first.

Tel: 0300 302 1388


Lewes District Council Community Grants Programme

Lewes District Council recognises the immense contribution that voluntary organisations and community groups make to the district and has set aside an annual budget to support such activities in-line with council priorities, providing a local response to local need.

The Community Grants programme will focus on two key areas in-line with the Community Grants Policy and the Lewes District Council Corporate Plan.

Category 1: Cost of Living (grants of £500 - £10,000 per year):

  • Projects giving specialist advice including debt management, welfare & benefits, universal credit, budgeting, employment rights, housing and homelessness
  • Food initiatives (working towards sustainable outcomes supporting people to access affordable and healthy food)
  • Community Wellbeing & VCSE support
  • Fuel poverty/access

Category 2: Equality and Inclusion (grants of £200 - £5,000 per year):

  • Targeted services/ initiatives for protected groups – age, disability, gender reassignment, race and ethnicity, religion, belief and culture, sex, sexual orientation
  • Annual events - focusing on the celebration/support of particular protected groups
  • Digital inclusion

Grants will be awarded annually for a cycle of three years commencing April 2025 to March 2028. This aims to give some security to long-term services.

Applicants can apply by midnight on 30th July 2024 under one of these two categories. Please read the Community Grants Brochure before applying.

Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support Programme

The Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support Programme is provided with funding from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).

Town and parish councils, neighbourhood forums and prospective neighbourhood forums preparing a neighbourhood development plan or neighbourhood development order are eligible to apply.

Grant amounts:

  • £1,000 - £10,000 for groups writing a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order
  • An additional grant of up to £8,000 for groups facing more complex issues, giving a maximum total amount of £18,000

There is a two stage application process:

  • The first stage is to complete an Expression of Interest form. The answers will determine eligible support and generate the relevant application form
  • Groups will be automatically directed to the relevant application form which needs to be completed within 15 days

Groups can apply for both grant and technical support at once on the same application form.

All grants must be spent before 31st March 2025.

Tel: 0300 020 1864


Police & Crime Commissioner - Safer in Sussex Community Fund

The Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Safer in Sussex Community Fund aims to reduce or prevent crime in Sussex.

The Sussex PCC is committed to working in partnership with the local Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector and has established this competed fund as part of this work, the purpose of this fund is to support projects that provide a positive and lasting impact on the local community.

The Fund provides grants of up to £5,000 (to be spent within one year of allocation) to local organisations and projects that aim to reduce crime and improve community safety.

The Fund is open for applications until 28th June 2024 (5pm). Apply using the online form.

Tel: 01273 481561


Sussex Police Property Act Fund

The Sussex Police Property Act Fund is made up of monies received by the police from the sale of found property and from property confiscated by order of court and then sold.

The Fund aims to support charities and voluntary and community organisations, in particular those that are working in areas that reinforce the Sussex Police Force priorities of keeping communities safe and feeling safe, identifying and protecting vulnerable people and preventing and responding to harm.

Organisations can apply for up to £200.  Each application must be sponsored by a member of Sussex Police (Officers, Staff, Special Constabulary and Volunteers are all suitable sponsors). The form should be completed by the sponsor.

Applications can be submitted any time.

Tel: 01273 481561


Trusts and Foundations

Alec Dickson Trust

The Alec Dickson Trust welcomes applications for up to £500 from volunteering or community service projects, organised and run by people under 30 years old.

The Trust aims to support projects which:

  • Encourage youth volunteering - particularly those which involve lots of volunteers and encourage people to continue volunteering long term
  • Have a positive impact on disadvantaged communities and individuals - particularly projects which address a specific need and have a long lasting and meaningful effect on those it reaches
  • Are innovative and try to do things a bit differently, such as using social media creatively or using existing resources in new ways

Apply by 1st July 2024 (10pm).


BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme

The Emergency Essentials Programme supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances.

This programme provides items for the most basic needs of vulnerable children and young people who may be:

  • Living in severe poverty and suffering deprivation as a result
  • Affected by additional social issues such as domestic abuse, substance misuse, estrangement, disability or serious illness, mental health or behavioural difficulties, abuse or neglect

Where possible, the Programme provides items rather than awarding a cash grant.

A tiered strategy has been introduced to ensure the programme’s longevity and to reach underrepresented areas. Each region or nations has a tier allocation, which may be subject to change. Check the guidance for tier changes.

Applications must be completed by a registered referrer who is part of an organisation that is supporting the family or young person and capable of assessing their needs.

Apply any time.

Tel: 01904 550011


Biffa Award Main Grants Scheme

Biffa Award provides capital grants to support community facilities and spaces. 

The scheme awards £10,000 -  £75,000 for projects costing up to £200,000. Eligibility to apply depends on a project’s location.  The fund provides a postcode eligibility checker on their website. 

There are four funding themes - Community Buildings, Cultural Facilities, and Rebuilding Biodiversity and Recreation.

Community Buildings

  • Aims to improve buildings such as village halls, community centres and church halls and encourage community involvement
  • To be used for renovations of community rooms, refurbishments of toilet facilities and kitchens, extensions, window and door replacement, central heating systems and roof replacement

Cultural Facilities

  • Aims to improve recreation, interest and education
  • Must be based within a theatre, gallery, museum, concert hall, arts or heritage centre

Rebuilding Biodiversity

  • Available for conservation projects, which focus on habitat improvement, tree surgery, scrub removal, purchase of plants, seed and trees, reasonable salary costs for staff directly involved in project delivery and supervising volunteers in delivery
  • Preference will be given to projects that have a strong element of public access or inclusion, such as volunteer involvement
  • Applicants will be asked to submit a list of habitats and species being conserved or protected through project delivery


  • Supports projects that will benefit people within their free time who are living in communities
  • Projects include woodland walks, nature trails, playparks, landscaping works including boardwalks, trees and shrubs, skateparks, outdoor gyms and building work (e.g. communal space, kitchen and toilets) within wider community areas of sporting clubhouses that have a wider community use and are not for the sole use of sports club members

Check the website for specific eligibility criteria for each project.

There is a two-stage application process,  first, complete an expression of interest form online.  Applicants who are successful at this stage will then be invited to submit a full application form.

Organisations can apply anytime.

Tel: 01636 670000


BlueSpark Foundation

The BlueSpark Foundation supports the education and development of children and young people by providing grants for educational, cultural, sporting and other projects.

The Foundation accepts applications from schools, community groups, clubs and societies.  They are particularly focused on projects that help self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people.

BlueSpark awards up to £5,000.  Most grants are under £2,000.  They are interested in supporting specific, relatively small-scale projects that might not happen at all or only happen on a lesser scale without their support.  

Grants can be for physical assets (such as iPads, sports equipment, or lighting for stage productions), services or facilities (such as sports coaching or music or drama tuition) or simply to provide experiences (such as theatre visits).

Apply any time.

Tel: 020 8661 9997


Bromley Trust

The Bromley Trust supports charities working on Human Rights or Prison Reform.

Their two long-term strategic goals are:

  • A society which respects the dignity and rights of marginalised people
  • A humane and effective prison system that support’s people’s rehabilitation

Their main focuses:

  • Human rights - supporting victims of torture, slavery and trafficking. Supporting against detention without trial and detainees in UK immigration removal centers. Protecting human rights
  • Prison reform – funding education, training and life skills for prisoners. Alleviating the suffering of vulnerable groups in prison. Influencing positive change in the prison system

Grants range from £15,000 to £30,000 per year. The Trust focuses their support on specialist charities with an annual income between £100,000 and £1.2 million.

Applications are due to open in July 2024 with an anticipated deadline of October 2024.


The Caron Keating Foundation

The Caron Keating Foundation supports small, registered charities with all types of cancer causes.

The Foundation’s objectives are as follows:

  • Relieve those with cancer (in particular, but not exclusively, those suffering from breast cancer), their families and carers
  • Support the dependents of cancer patients or those that have lost their life to cancer (in particular breast cancer)
  • Protect and preserve the health of cancer patients by offering financial support to other cancer charities, complimentary health practitioners, support groups working with cancer patients and to such other groups or persons supporting those suffering from cancer (in particular breast cancer)
  • Promote research into the causes and treatment of cancer (in particular breast cancer)

The Foundation makes grants up to £25,000, however the majority of grants range from £2,000 -£5,000.

Apply anytime.

Contact form

Co-op Local Community Fund

Co-op Local Community Fund supports small, locally based voluntary and community groups with projects which benefit local communities around Co-op food stores and funeral homes.

Co-op’s funding themes for 2024 are:

  • People: projects to enable people to play a part in their community’s future by supporting young people to fulfil their potential, helping older people feel connected and improving people’s mental wellbeing
  • Planet: projects that help to protect the planet by tackling climate change, reducing waste and resource use and protecting nature

£6,000 is available in every community and the funding will be shared between three local causes. The amount your project receives will be based on the number of Co-op members who choose your cause.

If your funding application is successful, Co-op will work in partnership with you for 12 months and your cause will receive funding in November 2025.   Grants are discretionary but will be a minimum of £1,000.

Apply by 7th July 2024 (12am).

Tel: 0800 023 4708


Delamare Dairy Foundation

Delamare Dairy Foundation awards £1,000 - £5,000 to charities and community groups to deliver community projects that align with the Foundation’s objectives.

The Foundation’s objectives are as follows:

  • The advancement of agriculture and environmental protection
  • The advancement in life of young people by developing their capabilities so that they may mature as contributory members of society
  • The relief of financial hardship
  • The advancement of education
  • The relief of sickness

The next deadline for applications is 31st August 2024.


Douglas Arter Foundation

The Douglas Arter Foundation provides small grants to support projects benefiting people of all ages with physical and mental disabilities.

Registered charities are eligible to apply.  The Foundation provides discretionary grant amounts,  typically £250 - £500.

Applications must be made in writing and include a copy of the organisation's most recent accounts.

Organisations can apply any time.

The Secretary
Douglas Arter Foundation, Fern Villa, Melksham Road, Patterdown,
Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 2NR.

Tel: 01249 448252


The DPO Centre – Charity and Community Fund

The DPO Centre aims to provide charities, voluntary and community groups, and not-for-profit organisations with access to data protection consultancy advice and services that ensure they run efficiently and remain compliant with the law.

Funding can be used for projects and activities such as information asset registering and data mapping; policy drafting and review; impact assessments and gap analysis; data protection training; data sharing and international transfers; privacy-by-design; and data protection readiness.

DPO provides grants of up to £10,000 to cover up to 80% of the total costs.

There is a two-stage application process:

  • Submit a brief online application through the DPO Centre website
  • Applicants will then receive a confirmation email and the DPO Centre will get in touch for further information to complete the application

Apply by 1st August 2024.

Tel: 0203 797 1289


Educational Opportunity Foundation

The Educational Opportunity Foundation aims to improve access and quality of education for children and young people under the age of 25.

The Foundation’s UK funding strand is specifically targeted towards care experienced young people. Projects must be interventions designed to improve their educational outcomes and life chances.   

Registered charities (with at least three years continuous accounts) can apply for £30,000 to £90,000 for projects running from one to three years, with a maximum £30,000 per year for multi-year projects. 

Grants are for projects which:

  • Improve educational outcomes - including supporting these children and young people to attend and engage in mainstream school life, increasing the number of education professionals able to understand their needs, and improving their access to out-of-school support
  • Improve life chances - including improving support for these young people (aged 16-24) to access further education, employment or training opportunities and improving support for them to remain engaged with these opportunities

Apply any time. Applicants must initially submit a stage 1 application using the application form that can be downloaded from the foundation's website. Those who are successful will be shortlisted and invited to submit a stage 2 application.

Tel: 020 7922 7814

Energy Saving Trust - Carbon Emissions Reduction and Innovation Funds - Round 8

The Energy Savings Trust aims to empower householders to reduce their carbon emissions and engage positively with the transition to net zero and for the development of innovative products and services related to energy.

Organisations can apply for £20,000 - £750,000 to the schemes below. Grants can be used to support both capital and revenue costs.

  • The Carbon Emissions Reduction Fund supports initiatives to reduce climate change impact associated with energy use. Applications must present a convincing pathway to significant carbon emissions reduction, usually through the potential for more widespread replication
  • The Innovation Fund is for projects that will develop innovative products or services to benefit households. Projects must be either:  testing or trialling roll-out of products or services ready to implement but not yet accessible to energy consumers, or conducting research into developing products or services not yet accessible to energy consumers

Projects funded through both schemes can benefit all domestic energy consumers, not just households in vulnerable situations.

The Trust accepts applications from registered charities, Community Interest Companies (CICs), Community Benefit Societies and Cooperative Societies.  Before applying, organisations need to pre-register by visiting the Energy Redress registration page.

The application window for Round 8 closes on 8th July 2024 (5pm).


Family Action - National School Breakfast Programme

The National School Breakfast Programme support schools to provide children with a healthy breakfast at the start of the school day.

The programme will provide:

  • A 75% subsidy for breakfast club provision
  • Good practice sharing opportunities, resources and the opportunity to learn from a national network of schools
  • The opportunity to enhance parental engagement on healthy eating and the importance of having a nutritious breakfast each morning
  • A knowledgeable school support team will be on hand to provide remote advice and support

Schools in disadvantaged areas will be eligible for the programme if they have 40% or more pupils in bands A-F of the income deprivation affecting children index (IDACI). This will include state-funded primary, secondary, special schools and alternative provision. Schools will pay 25% of the cost of food and delivery.

Complete an expression of interest form available on the Family Action website first. A member of the team will then get in touch.

The Programme has been extended for an additional year, so schools now have support to run school breakfast provision until July 2025.

Tel: 020 39287228


Freelands Foundation Inclusive Practices Fund 2024

The Freelands Foundation’s Inclusive Practices Fund supports connection between young people in primary and secondary school, their teachers and visual arts spaces. 

As part of their commitment to address racial inequality in visual art education, the Freelands Foundation and Runnymede Trust published their ‘Visualise race and inclusion in secondary education’ report this year. This funding call is a response to

that report and is for projects that meet one or both of the following areas of interest:

  • Investigating engagement – boundary-pushing forms and methods of engaging young people in visual art education to reimagine what inclusive engagement could be
  • Nurturing belonging – work with communities and artists to challenge existing norms and create inclusive spaces that embrace curiosity and practice care

The Fund awards up to £25,000 per year for projects lasting for one/ two years.  (Maximum grant is £50,000 for two years).  Projects are to start between 1st January 2025  - 31st March 2025.

The fund is open to not for profit organisations. The Foundation also considers project partnerships. E.g. between a gallery and a school or, group of arts organisations and teachers.

There is a two stage application process, starting with an Expression of Interest. The Foundation is providing a pre-application webinar on 28th June 2024 (10:30am to 12:30pm).  Registration required via eventbrite.

The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest is 19th July 2024 (12pm).    

Tel: 020 3598 7081


The Foyle Foundation - School Library Programme

Foyle’s Foundation’s School Library Programme supports state school library services by offering £2,000 - £10,000 for physical library/reading books.

Foyle also considers library software, IT equipment and furniture to create a suitable library space, but most of a school’s request should be for books/reading materials.

Foyle prioritises applications from primary schools (reception to end of Key Stage 2).   

They occasionally consider applications from secondary schools specifically for books and reading resources to support catch up reading initiatives for Key Stage 3 pupils and/or transition reading programmes for pupils in feeder/local primary schools. More general applications towards books for secondary school libraries are extremely unlikely to be funded.  Requests from special schools for library books/reading resources are considered for all SEN age groups.

When considering applications, Foyle pays close attention to local deprivation levels, a school’s Ofsted report and current literary levels at the school.  Schools must demonstrate a commitment to renewing and maintaining their library provision in the future. 

Foyle is permanently closing their Library scheme this year.  The final deadline for applications is 30th September 2024, with projects completed before the end of 2025.

Tel: 020 7430 9119


The High Weald Nature and Community Fund

The High Weald Nature and Community Fund - the new name for the Sussex Lund grant programme – supports work that benefits nature and people across the High Weald National Landscape, including the villages and towns in and around it.

The Fund offers:

  • Small grants - for up to £20,000, with larger amounts for multi-year projects
  • Large grants – for up to £100,000 for larger-scale work that could achieve greater change. This work is likely to be collaborative. Project completion within five years of grant acceptance

Applicants must meet one of four criteria:

  • CREATE new wildlife-friendly green spaces, including community gardens, pocket parks, allotments, community orchards, and school growing spaces, particularly in towns and villages
  • IMPROVE habitats – and enhance connections between them – by making existing green spaces greener, through initiatives like pond creation, wetland development, hedge and tree planting, species-rich grassland establishment, and installation of bird, bug, and bat boxes. They may also support habitat management/restoration work, such as hedge-laying, coppicing, and invasive species removal if integral to broader conservation efforts, for example, to ‘kick-start’ a new management plan or to ‘reset’ a key habitat
  • ENGAGE communities in the management of green spaces for nature and food growing, increase volunteer participation in environmental projects, and provide resources and training for community-led conservation efforts
  • CONNECT individuals to nature who may be disconnected from it, including young people, those with physical or mental health challenges, disabled individuals, and other underrepresented groups, by enabling access to the High Weald landscape.

The application deadline is 15th July 2024.

Visit the High Weald National Landscape website to learn more and register your interest.

Tel: 01424 723011


Homity Trust

The Homity Trust is a small charity based in Brighton supporting community causes across Sussex. The funding is intended to support community groups with local causes where a small grant will make a big difference.

Grants of up to £1,000 are available.

The funding can support a wide range of projects to help those most in need. Projects looking to support those most affected by the ongoing cost of living crisis are of particular interest in this current round.

Applications must be submitted by 26th July 2024.


Islamic Relief UK 2024 Funding Round

Islamic Relief UK is offering grants between £1,000 and £40,000 for voluntary, community, and social enterprise sector organisations to deliver projects that support marginalised and vulnerable people and their communities.

In 2024, a total of £2.5 million is available for projects and activities that align with the following aims:

  • Building resilience to poverty
  • Empowering women and girls
  • Supporting refugee and asylum-seeking populations
  • Youth and family development

Funding can be used to cover project delivery costs, such as staff salaries, room hire, equipment and materials, or organisational and core costs proportional to the size of the project, such as rent, heating, or insurance costs.

The deadline for applications is 8th July 2024.


Lloyds Bank Foundation - Deaf and Disabled People's Organisations

Lloyd Bank Foundation Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations Fund supports registered charities and Community Interest Companies, led by and working with Deaf and Disabled people, to have more choice and control over their lives, access their rights and entitlements and challenge the barriers they face.

Organisations can apply for up to £75,000, over three years (£25,000 per year).  

Lloyds grants are unrestricted.  Organisations can use a grant to support any costs to further their organisation’s social purpose.

The Foundation also provides £500 of accessibility support to enable groups to apply for this programme, including BSL interpreters, language translation, scribes and dyslexia software.

Apply by 28th August 2024 (5pm).  Lloyds expects to notify applicants mid-December 2024.

Tel: 0370 411 1223


Magdalen Hospital Trust

The Magdalen Hospital Trust aims to promote the welfare of young people under the age of 25, who suffer from various effects of social deprivation, abuse, mental and physical disabilities, inadequate housing, lack of education or training, and the problems derived from unemployment and broken families.

Interested charities should be working with vulnerable children and young adults, especially those at risk of sexual and other forms of exploitation. Projects should focus on training for work and personal development, clubs and play schemes, safeguarding education, mental health support and counselling and emergency care.

Grants, usually one-off, tend to range from £500 to £2,000.

The next deadline for applications is 30th June 2024. A further round will open between 1st and 31st October 2024.

Tel: 01903 217108


Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity

The Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity supports not-for-profit organisations to break the cycle of debt, address financial and consumer illiteracy by educating and informing adults and children about consumer and debt issues.

MSE’s next round of funding opens in June. For this round, instead of a specific theme, all applications must be aligned with MSE Charity's vision of funding activities which make a lasting impact on the way people think, behave and manage their money.

Full details will be provided as soon as they are available from MSE Charity.

Organisations can apply for up to £10,000.

A new staged application process is being introduced for the Summer 2024 round:

  • Eligibility Quiz and Stage 1 Outline Proposals open 19th June 2024
  • Stage 1 Outline Proposals close 31st July 2024; however, the closing date may be earlier if too many Stage 1 proposals are received


NextEnergy South East England Solar Impact Fund

The NextEnergy South East England Solar Impact Fund  awards up to £1,500 to organisations who want to promote positive social, economic and/or environmental impacts. 

Projects can include:

  • Community education initiatives on sustainable practices to mitigate and adapt to climate change e.g., energy conservation, waste reduction, and sustainable agriculture
  • Projects encouraging and promoting skills, education, and training in climate solutions. Such as upskilling and reskilling workshops with a focus on the renewable energy sector
  • General skills, training and development for local people
  • The development of educational initiatives that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Community education projects focusing on health and wellbeing
  • Projects supporting local academic institutions

The Fund accepts applications from registered charities, charitable companies, Community Interest Companies and community groups.

The fund is open until 24th October 2024.


Ogden Trust – Physics Education Grants

The Odgen Trust supports physics education and engagement for all young people aged 4-18, particularly those in under-represented groups.

The Trust awards up to £5,000, and welcomes applications from schools, colleges and charities seeking to increase the update of physics post-16.

Grants are split into two strands:

  • Curriculum support: to support the teaching and learning of physics from 11-18 in the classroom, including equipment for teaching physics, teaching resources and teacher CPD. (This strand is for applications from secondary schools or post 16 education institutions only)
  • Enrichment activities: to support physics extra-curricular activities for school and college students from under-represented groups. (This strand is for applications from primary and secondary schools and colleges, Community Interest Companies and other types of not-for-profits)

There is one round of funding each term. The current round closes 30th June 2024.

Tel: 020 8634 7470


Parkinson’s UK Physical Activity Grants Programme

Parkinson’s UK Physical Activity Grants Programme supports activity providers, and not-for-profit organisations to develop opportunities for people with Parkinson’s to become and stay active, have more provision for physical activity and improve social wellbeing.

This programme awards £500 - £3,000. There is a two-step application process:

  • Applicants should contact their local Parkinson’s UK staff. Details can be found in the 2024 guidance notes. Parkinson’s UK colleagues are not there to help with writing applications but may offer information and support by connecting applicants with people with Parkinson’s, linking them to existing networks or advising on provision and community priorities in the area
  • Submit the application through a google form on the grants page

This is a rolling programme. Organisations can apply anytime; however, the programme will close early should funds be allocated sooner.

Tel: 020 7931 8080


People's Trust for Endangered Species - UK Mammals Grant Scheme

The Trust’s Mammals Grant Scheme supports voluntary conservation organisations with projects focusing on the following areas of work:  

  • Monitoring mammals: better methods for estimating distribution and abundance of species; and national monitoring schemes
  • Habitat availability, loss and modification: habitat availability, suitability and connectivity; improving and restoring habitats; habitat management; and habitat fragmentation, modification and loss
  • Human impacts and mitigation: climate change; farming, food production and land management; housing and building development; impact of introduced mammals and diseases; road and infrastructure development; and toxic chemicals and pollution

The scheme prioritises research to understand the ecological and conservation needs of species previously listed on the UK BAP (Biodiversity Action Plan) priority list and research on more than one species.

Applicants should initially email the trust with a summary to see whether their project is eligible.

The Scheme awards £10,000 - £20,000. The average amount granted per project has been about £15,000.

Organisations can apply any time.

Tel: 020 7498 4533


PRS Foundation - Annual Beyond Borders Programme

PRS Beyond Borders supports the creation, touring and promotion of innovative, high-quality new music that engages audiences across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland through live performance and digital activity.

The Foundation’s Programme awards up to £15,000 to around 8 to 10 projects. They are looking for:

  • Innovation and quality within the music, programming and performances, and potential for national/international profile
  • Strength and depth of collaboration between cross-border organisations/ensembles/bands and potential for partnership legacy
  • Potential audience reach and impact and the strength of plans for public engagement

The Fund accepts applications from not-for-profit music organisations that have at least three partners, each from a different region. Projects must provide a minimum of three live performances reaching audiences in at least three regions.  

The deadline for applications is 29th July 2024 (6pm).


Reel Impact

Reel Impact is provided by the Film and TV Charity to address the impacts of systemic racism in the industry, drive greater access to opportunities, and support and develop the careers of under-represented talent.

This Fund provides up to £25,000 to support skills and leadership development, and networking opportunities.  Grants can contribute towards running existing, new and innovative projects to scale up, build sustainability or enhance capacity to provide support, opportunities and inspiration for Black and Global Majority Talent.

Reel Impact is open to Black-led and Global Majority owned production companies and not for profit organisations.

Organisations must be participating in creating or distributing entertainment shown in cinemas, broadcast on UK TV channels, on-demand services, or streamed on pay-to-view digital platforms.  

If you are applying as a joint or co-applicant, at least one applicant must have worked in the UK film, TV, or cinema industry for at least three years.

The deadline for applications is 30th June 2024.

Tel: 0800 054 0000


Screwfix foundation

The Screwfix Foundation supports local charities to fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities.

The Foundation offers up to £5,000. Funding needs to be spent within 12 months from receipt of payment.

The trustees meet to review applications in March, June, September and December. The cutoff date for applications is 12pm on the 10th of the month prior to the Trustee meeting.

The next application window for 2024 is 11th August to 10th November with a decision by 30th December 2024.

Tel: 01935 414100


Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust - Ann Rylands Small Donations Programme

The Trust’s Small Donations programme makes grants to support charities’ core costs with a maximum award of up to £5,000.

The programme is designed to help smaller charities (income above £50,000) provide practical and emotional support to people with – or at high risk of – physical or mental ill health, people living with disability, and their families and carers.

The Trust accepts applications from charities which offer practical and emotional support to improve health and care for:

  • Older people
  • People with disabilities or living with serious illness
  • People needing palliative and end-of-life care, or
  • People facing challenges with mental health, social exclusion or homelessness

Charities can apply any time.

Tel: 020 7487 5851


Skipton Building Society Charitable Foundation

This Foundation supports registered charities working to:

  • Benefit children and adults, particularly those living in socially deprived areas, through education to develop core skills and support wellbeing and mental health
  • Benefit the wellbeing and welfare of children and adults by preventing or reducing poverty and homelessness in the community
  • Support the elderly and improve their wellbeing by reducing isolation, helping reduce the effects of Dementia and Alzheimer's and support later life/palliative care

Charities can apply for up £6,000.  The Foundation’s grants are specifically aimed at funding equipment with a tangible benefit, for example:

  • Supporting young people as they transition from homelessness to new accommodation such as toiletries, bedding, cooking utensils
  • Engaging the elderly in activities, exercise and experiences to help improve mental and physical wellbeing such as a large, digital interactive activity table for a care setting.

Apply by 31st July 2024.


The Society Foundation

The Society Foundation supports charitable organisations working to help disadvantaged people move towards paid employment, specifically:

  • The recently homeless or vulnerably housed
  • Ex-offenders
  • Young people (16-24 years old) not in employment, education or training (NEET)

Funding is for capacity building activities, including IT infrastructure and equipment, staff training and development, and external consultancy/support.

The Foundation typically offers micro-grants up to £2,500 to small or growing organisations with a turnover below £500,000. 

The deadline for applications is 8th July 2024 (12pm).

Tel: 0207 935 4052


The Ubele Initiative - The Phoenix Way - Children and Youth Round

The Ubele Initiative’s Phoenix Way supports projects and activities that work with Black and racially minoritised children and young people to prevent and reduce violence. 

Funding is for projects that deliver one of the following activities:

  • Diversion from the criminal justice system
  • Support to help families facing challenges
  • Education activities designed to reduce absence or exclusion
  • Trusted adult relationships to support children and young people at risk of becoming involved in violence
  • Positive activities such as sport, art, and other activities designed to support children and young people and keep them safe from becoming involved in violence
  • Therapies to help children and young people deal with challenges and protect them from involvement in violence
  • Opportunities for organisations to work together to better prevent children from becoming involved in violence by enhancing mutual understanding, trust, and collaboration
  • Improving police and community relations

Grants made in this round will be between £50,000 - £75,000 for projects lasting one year. Funding can be used to support a new project, an existing project, or the expansion of a project,

The Fund accepts applications from small not for profit organisations (income less than £150,000 per year), led by representatives of Black and/or racially minoritised communities.   

Apply by 3rd July 2024 (12am).

Tel: 02039 293730


UnLtd - Awards for Social Entrepreneurs

UnLtd  supports social entrepreneurs with an idea or who are in the early stages of development. 

The scheme provides two strands of support.

Start Up - for social entrepreneurs with an idea or who are in the early stages of development provides:

  • £500 - £8,000 to support essential start-up costs (except wages)
  • Support from an UnLtd Social Entrepreneur Support Manager, and access to a network of skilled experts for advice and mentors

Scaling Up - for social entrepreneurs to grow their existing social venture to help it make a bigger difference.  This strand provides:

  • £18,000 to support wages and living costs
  • 12 months' mentoring and tailored support from an UnLtd Social Entrepreneur Support Manager, providing advice on operations and growth strategies
  • Access to workshops and masterclasses
  • Connections to investors, corporate partners and other successful entrepreneurs, helping the social entrepreneur to develop their networks

Applications are assessed on a quarterly basis. The next deadlines for applications are 30th June  and 30th September 2024.

Tel: 0207 566 1100


Veterans’ Foundation

The Veterans’ Foundation supports charities and not-for-profit organisations that provide support to serving armed forces personnel, veterans, operationally qualified seafarers and their immediate families.

The Foundation’s funding can be used for projects covering a range of aspects of social care for the Armed Forces community, including but not limited to:

  • Reducing homelessness
  • Increasing employment
  • Providing welfare and medical support
  • Increasing confidence and social interaction
  • Reducing dependence on alcohol and drugs
  • Reducing poverty
  • Disability
  • Mental health
  • Marriage guidance
  • Care during old age.

The Foundation provides the following grant schemes:

Small grants awards £500 and £5,000.  (Available later in June 2024. Once open, apply any time)

Standard grants awards £5,001- £30,000 for activities lasting for one year or provided as a multi-year grant for up to three years (e.g., £10,000 per year over three years)

Salary grants - up to £25,000 per year for up to three years, for the exclusive use of salary costs

There are quarterly deadlines for standard and salary grant applications, which are 30th July 2024, 15th October 2024 and 28th January 2025.

Tel: 0333 999 3899


War Memorials Trust

The War Memorials Trust manages a number of grants schemes to protect and conserve war memorials in the UK.

The Trust’s current schemes are:

  • Grants for War Memorials to repair and conservation works to freestanding war memorials in England, from any conflict
  • War Memorials Trust Grants Scheme to repair and conservation works to all types of memorials from any conflict, anywhere in the UK
  • Special grants: from time to time War Memorials Trust offers grants outside the scope of its main grant schemes. These can be special grant schemes set up by the Trust to commemorate individuals or celebrate events or one off grants for a particular project.

The Trust considers awarding up to £5,000 for non-freestanding war memorials, and £20,000 for freestanding, non-beneficiary war memorials. Individuals, organisations and councils are eligible to apply.

To apply, submit a pre-application form online any time. If selected, you must submit a full application by 30th June for a decision by 31st August 2024, or 31st October 2024 for a decision by early 2025.

Tel: 020 7233 7356


Funding Diary

June 2024

Cycling UK Big Bike Revival – 25/06/2024

The Naturesave Trust – 27/06/2024

Veolia Environmental Trust – 27/06/2024

The Henry Smith Charity –  28/06/2024

N+P in East Sussex –  28/06/2024

Pets Assisting People –  28/06/2024

The Safer in Sussex Community Fund –  28/06/2024

Adamson Trust - 30/06/2024

Hinrichsen Foundation – 30/06/2024

The Magdalen Hospital Trust – 30/06/2024

The Odgen Trust – Physics Education Grants – 30/06/2024

Reel Impact – 30/06/2024

Urban Tree Challenge Fund – 30/06/2024

War Memorials Trust – 30/06/2024


July 2024

Alec Dickson Trust – 01/07/2024

National Churches Trust – Large Grants – 02/07/2024

The Phoenix Way – Children and Youth Round – 03/07/2024

Weaver’s Company Benevolent Fund – 04/07/2024

Rother District Council - Community Grants   – 05/07/2024

Co-op Local Community Fund – 07/07/2024

Dan Maskell Tennis Trust – 07/07/2024

Islamic Relief UK - 08/07/2024

The Society Foundation – 08/07/2024

The High Weald Nature and Community Fund – 15/07/2024

Freelands Foundation Inclusive Practices Fund – 19/07/2024

Innovate UK Smart Grants Programme – 24/07/024

A B Charitable Trust – 26/07/2024

Homity Trust – 26/07/2024

One Stop Community Partnership - 26/07/204

PRS Beyond Borders - 29/07/2024

Lewes District Council Community Grants Programme – 30/07/2024

Veterans’ Foundation – 30/07/2024

Anchor Foundation – 31/07/2024

Ironmongers' Company – 31/07/2024

The Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity – 31/07/2024

Pet Foundation - Preventing Pet Relinquishment – 31/07/2024

Radcliffe Trust – 31/07/2024

Skipton Building Society Charitable Foundation – 31/07/2024


August 2024

Baily Thomas Charitable Fund (General Grants) – 01/08/2024

The DPO Centre – 01/08/2024

Ironmongers’ Company – Charitable Grants for STEM Projects – 01/08/2024

Warburtons Families Matter Community Grants Programme – 05/08/2024

B&Q Foundation  ­– 09/08/2024

Screwfix Foundation – 10/08/2024

VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme – Capital Grants – 14/08/2024

Toy Trust – 15/08/2024

VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme – Capital Grants – 14/08/2024

Duke of Devonshire’s Charitable Trust – 23/08/2024

Lloyd Bank Foundation Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations Fund – 28/08/2024

Leche Trust – 30/08/2024

Delamare Dairy Foundation – 31/08/2024

Hinrichsen Foundation  – 31/08/2024

Inman Charity – 31/08/2024

The War Memorials Trust – 31/08/2024

Woodroffe Benton Foundation – 31/08/2024

Youth Music Trailblazer Fund – 31/08/2024

7stars Foundation – 31/08/2024


September 2024

The Postcode Society Trust – South of England – 02/09/2024

The Institute of Physics -Public Engagement scheme – 06/09/2024

Kelly Family Trust - 01/09/2024

The Wolfson Foundation - Funding for Places – 01/09/2024

People’s Postcode Lottery – Schools Nature Grants Scheme – 06/09/2024

Sussex Community Foundation – General Awards – 06/09/2024

Theatre Improvement Scheme – 06/09/2024

Leeds Building Society Foundation – Small Grants – 09/09/2024

Quaker Housing Trust  - 04/09/2024

Barclays Community Football Fund 2024 – 15/09/2024

Help the Homeless – 15/09/2024

Ulverscroft Foundation – 15/09/2024

Department of Health and Social Care – Community Automated External Defibrillators Fund – 21/09/2024 (may close before if all have been spent)

Adamson Trust – 30/09/2024

The Foyle School Library Programme – 30/09/2024

Hinrichsen Foundation – 30/09/2024

Michael Tippett Musical Foundation – 30/09/2024

Sea-Changers – 30/09/2024


October 2024

Clarion Futures Digital Grants – 02/10/2024

Hedley Foundation – 02/10/2024

Veolia Environmental Trust – 03/10/2024

Paul Hamlyn – Arts Fund (Stage one) 14/10/2024

Veterans’ Foundation – 15/10/2024

NextEnergy South East England Solar Impact Fund – 24/10/2024

The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust – 25/10/2024

One Stop Community Partnership  - 25/10/024

Dan Maskell Tennis Trust – 27/10/2024

Leche Trust – 30/10/2024

Triangle Trust 1949 Fund – Autumn round – 30/10/2024

Concertina Charitable Trust – 31/10/2024

The Magdalen Hospital Trust – 31/10/2024

Skipton Building Society Charitable Foundation – 31/10/2024

War Memorials Trust – 31/10/2024


November 2024

People’s Postcode Lottery – Schools Nature Grants Scheme – 08/11/2024

Screwfix Foundation – 10/11/2024

Leeds Building Society Foundation – Small Grants – 11/11/2024

Quaker Housing Trust - 13/11/2024

B&Q Foundation – 15/06/2024

Toy Trust – 15/06/2024

Youth Music Trailblazer Fund - 22/11/2024


December 2024

Armed Forces Covenant Fund – Veterans Housing Fund – Major Capital Grants - 11/12/2024

Hedley Foundation – 11/12/2024

Help the Homeless  - 15/12/2024

Ironmongers' Company - 15/12/2024

Ulverscroft Foundation – 15/12/2024

The Department for Education Senior Mental Health Lead Training – 31/12/2024


January 2025

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust – Veterans’ Capital Housing Fund Refurbishment Grants – 03/01/2025

Theatres Trust – Small Grants Scheme – 17/01/2025

One Stop Community Partnership  - 24/01/2025

Veterans’ Foundation – 28/01/2025

The Department for Education Senior Mental Health Lead Training – 31/01/2025